Where to Find Information

Listed below are sources of information about West Hartford people, property, town government and town departments.

Due to COVID-19, our print collection in our Local History Room at Noah Webster Library is available by appointment only. Patrons can, however, ask for books to be brought out of our collection whenever we are open. To make a browsing appointment, call 860-561-6990 or email whpl@westhartfordlibrary.org.

Our Digital Collections

With support from the West Hartford Public Library Foundation,
Thomas F. Kilfoil Bequest, WHPL maintains a few digital collections available at West Hartford History Online. Digital collections available:

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West Hartford News
(1947-1958 and previous iterations dating back to 1932)
Remembering Those Who Served
(a project of the First Baptist Church)
The Barbara Becker Girard Postcard CollectionWest Hartford LIFE
(May 1998-December 2011)

Information About People

Due to COVID-19, our print collection in our Local History Room at Noah Webster Library is available by appointment only. Patrons can, however, ask for books to be brought out of our collection whenever we are open. To make a browsing appointment, call 860-561-6990 or email whpl@westhartfordlibrary.org.

Materials in our collection:

  • Geer’s, Price and Lee and Johnson city directories from 1900-1990
  • Local newspapers on microfilm: West Hartford News (1931-date),West Hartford Life (1998-date),
    indexed from 1970-date
  • Index to West Hartford Obituaries in the Hartford Courant 1982-1997
  • West Hartford news article clipping files: 1930s-2000
  • Yearbooks from local schools: 1929-date
  • Local telephone directories from 1969-date
  • Online resources include remote access to Heritage Quest, and Ancestry.com and The New England Historical and Genealogical Society databases.

Click HERE for the Town Clerk's Office

  • Birth, death and marriage records for town residents from 1854 to date; prior to 1854, records
    may be available from the City of Hartford.
  • Veteran’s Records from the Civil War and later
  • Voter Registration Records
  • Land and legal records; many accessible online through the Clerk’s Office.

Click HERE for the John P. Webster Library

  • Membership records
  • Information on clergy and church staff
  • Church records including births, deaths, baptisms, marriages from 1713-1937 available on
    microfilm at the Connecticut State Library

Click HERE for the West Hartford Historical Society

  • Artifacts and documents related directly to Noah Webster
  • Correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks and other documents pertaining to the following local
    individuals or families: Elizabeth Hatheway, Ruth Pitkin Schaffer, Nelson Burr, Selden Family, Beech Family, Foote-Hayman Family, Butler-Bassette Family
  • Local photograph collection consisting of several hundred photographs including homes,
    business, events and residents. Date range: late 1800's to 2009

Information About Property

Due to COVID-19, our print collection in our Local History Room at Noah Webster Library is available by appointment only. Patrons can, however, ask for books to be brought out of our collection whenever we are open. To make a browsing appointment, call 860-561-6990 or email whpl@westhartfordlibrary.org.

Materials in our collection:

  • Geer’s, Price and Lee and Johnson city directories from 1900-1990
  • Map collection including atlases from 1869, 1896, 1909, 1920, 1923 and 1931; several showing property owners
  • West Hartford Architectural Survey: detailed listings of historic properties
  • Neighborhood histories

Click HERE for the Town Clerk's Office and HERE for the Assessment Office

  • Land and legal records; many accessible online through the Clerk’s Office
  • Town map collection, available online
  • Property Records, available online through the Assessor’s office

Click HERE for the John P. Webster Library

  • Church building records including photographs and blueprints
  • Property records for Goodman Green in West Hartford Center

Click HERE for the West Hartford Historical Society

  • Local photograph collection includes several hundred photographs of local interest including homes, business, events and residents. Date range: late 1800's to 2009

Information About Town Government

Due to COVID-91, our print collection in our Local History Room at Noah Webster Library is available by appointment only. Patrons can, however, ask for books to be brought out of our collection whenever we are open. To make a browsing appointment, call 860-561-6990 or email whpl@westhartfordlibrary.org.

Materials in our collection:

  • West Hartford Annual Reports from 1898-present (incomplete)
  • West Hartford Municipal and Board of Education Budgets
  • Miscellaneous Town Reports
  • History of the West Hartford Fire Department
  • Histories of West Hartford Schools
  • West Hartford Schools –Reports from 1871-present

More Helpful Sites

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50 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107
westhartfordct.gov
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227 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107
noahwebsterhouse.org
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is new-CHS-logo2-1.pngConnecticut Historical Society
One Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06106
chs.org
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is GraphicOnly.fw_.pngConnecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
ctstatelibrary.org
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Hartford-Courant.jpgHistoric Hartford Courant Online:
Full-page coverage from 1764-1992
Hartford Courant Historic (access from home requires a West Hartford Library card)